Telling us a little about yourself and your background?
Marcus – My Name is Marcus Carter, I lived in London before moving to Bristol for University, in 2013. I have come from a very sports oriented family. Both my older sisters have always been involved with playing and coaching netball and hockey. They have both gone on to be primary school teachers which got me interested in education when I came across fitness4life the whole concept has really interested me.
Jack – My name is Jack Halls and I’m a Business and management student at The University of the West of England. I have always been very sporty and have had always enjoyed living healthy lifestyle. Throughout my years at school I was playing rugby, football and cricket. I still play at every opportunity I get, with a busy timetable I have to be more flexible with when I exercise, I frequently use the gym to maintain being healthy and fit.
Kirsty – I have now studied and worked in the leisure industry for 7 years. I graduated a year ago from UWE with a degree in sports coaching (strength and conditioning). I have worked as a personal trainer and coach for all ages. I have recently returned from the United States delivering football camps to children aged 3-18, this was a great experience and I learnt lots of different techniques to get children active.
What inspired you to run the fitness4life programme?
Marcus – I was very fortunate enough to attend a presentation about fitness4life by Chris Sharman last year, after hearing about the concept and the real problem about inactivity throughout all age groups. It was very obvious that this was a very great opportunity to take my past experiences of how much I have enjoyed being active and sporty and Now I can help children benefit from all the positives about physical activity which I have benefited from.
Jack – The area which we will be operating Fitness4life in is, Bristol. The three of us have all lived in Bristol for 3 years and have all enjoyed studying in Bristol. Now we are involved with a programme which could benefit schools in Bristol. As a 3 we complement each other in different areas of the programme and together we will work with any schools who want to help increase activity within children. We are very excited to work with schools across Bristol.
Kirsty – I am Motivated to change schools, parents and children’s attitude about exercise and improve activity with a productive and successful programme. I believe that schools will like this programme as all games can be adapted to be educational for children and if children can learn whilst doing activities then that’s a bonus. I embrace the opportunity to give back to the local community I have grown up with myself.
Do you have any fitness related hobbies?
Marcus – I am a very keen sportsman, I have played football, tennis and cricket all at a good standard throughout school and have continued at University. I enjoy coaching and watching all kinds of sport and engaging others in physical activity. Team sports is something I have always enjoyed, however everyone has activities or sports they like, it’s just important that people of all ages find time to participate in sport and activity which will keep them healthy. Personally the best thing about fitness4life for me is that all the activities within the programme children will enjoy and if children are having fun whilst benefiting long-term from doing physical activity then we have achieved something really good.
Kirsty – Yes I regularly attend the gym and play football. I am also studying to Personal Trainer which will enhance my skills and knowledge in increasing activity.
What are your thoughts on the countries fitness levels?
Marcus -It’s really interesting to look at the countries fitness levels surrounding all age’s not just children. National fitness levels and participation figures in sport show that there is a need for programmes like fitness4life to be introduced to tackle the problem of inactivity. Not only does physical activity have great personal benefits for every individual but it also has a bigger impact to the country, Like Jack I believe it’s a very big problem but a very simple one to solve if you tackle the cause.
Jack – When seeing the statistics about inactivity in the UK in the generation inactive article, it was a huge shock. . I feel that it is a very big problem but a very simple one to solve, I believe all children should find exercise fun and exciting as long as it is taught in the right way. It’s a problem that as a country we need to address and I am happy to be helping dealing with this problem and hope lots more people become aware of the problem of inactivity.
Kirsty – Results from national average are a clear sign that inactivity is high, too high and therefore many health consequences come with inactivity. With the future generation becoming less active, children are now having more temptation to not do activity. You could say this generation has harder barriers to entry with more factors affecting them new technology such as phones and video games being a major factor. The risks of being inactivate have become more frequent. School is vital to encourage activity and with this programme we can do it in a fun and exciting way.